Definition of stepfather in English:



  • A man who is married to one's mother after the divorce of one's parents or the death of one's father.

    • ‘Gorky's mother remarried but the stepfather was as bestial as the rest of the family.’
    • ‘The parents in four families were cohabiting, and stepfathers headed seven families.’
    • ‘In addition, 89% of boys were living in two-parent households with their mothers and fathers or stepfathers.’
    • ‘Like the above author I also grew up in a household where my stepfather abused my mother.’
    • ‘He was born and raised in Edinburgh, later discovering that the man he had known as his father was his stepfather.’
    • ‘As noted above, previous research suggests that fathers and stepfathers can, among other benefits, provide mentoring and work-related networks, and act as role models.’
    • ‘Caroline never met her stepfather and her mother would never hear her voice again.’
    • ‘He experienced a deeply weird upbringing, living with his mother and many stepfathers in a run-down trailer.’
    • ‘She only knew that she had to get away; from her stepfather, her mother, from Sam.’
    • ‘How did your mother react to the fact that you and your stepfather didn't get along?’
    • ‘His stepfather spotted him in some bushes, and was trying to catch him when the tragedy happened.’
    • ‘Children of divorced parents are compelled to use their biological father's surnames, even if they live with stepfathers with different last names.’
    • ‘She wasn't aware of missing a father figure, although her stepfather later became an important part of her life.’
    • ‘We exclude other types of fathers, such as stepfathers and social fathers, because the patterns of investment in and relationship to children of these men can be different from those of biological fathers.’
    • ‘He had a positive relationship with his stepfather, although the longing for his real father never abated.’
    • ‘Researchers interviewed all 162 children (initially at an average age of eight and a half) about their relationship with their mothers, fathers and stepfathers.’
    • ‘My strength is large animals - my mother and my stepfather were farmers, and I used to work at a livery.’
    • ‘He opened the door and listened for any signs that his mother and his stepfather were awake.’
    • ‘She did remarry a wonderful man who was a super stepfather to us.’
    • ‘These, she says, are inspired by her stepfather, who was himself a writer.’
    mother, father
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